Action Alert


The Adrian Dominican Sisters have long been engaged, individually and communally, in efforts to protect the integrity of creation and bring about a more just, peaceful and compassionate world. The Office of Justice, Peace and Integrity of Creation coordinates these efforts by bringing to light injustices and recommending ways to take action.


Action Alert

WATER QUALITY

What's In the Water?

Pam Taylor of the Environmentally Concerned Citizens of South Central Michigan talks about existing and emerging water issues found all across Lenawee County, rules and regulations, how to identify these challenges, and how to report them. Presented at Weber Center May 14, 2019.


Resources

 


IMMIGRATION

 

Recently the USCCB Committee on Migration publicly voiced support and sent letters to the Senate endorsing the "Development Relief and Education for Alien Minors" (DREAM) Act of 2019, S. 874, and the "Safe Environment from Countries Under Repression & Emergency" (SECURE) Act of 2019, S. 879. 

The DREAM Act of 2019 would provide permanent legal protection and a pathway to citizenship for qualifying Dreamers. The SECURE Act of 2019 would provide permanent legal protection and a pathway to citizenship to qualifying Temporary Protected Status (TPS) and Deferred Enforced Departure (DED) holders. Join with the Bishops and support these two bills. Call your senators at 202-224-3121 and urge them to support (DREAM) Act of 2019, S. 874, and the "Safe Environment from Countries Under Repression & Emergency" (SECURE) Act of 2019, S. 879.

USCCB continues to ask for solidarity with refugees in this moment of great need by sending a JFI action alert to your U.S. Representative and Senators and request they:

  1. Urge the Administration to admit 30,000 refugees in FY19 and 75,000 in FY20;
  2. Provide robust oversight and appropriations to achieve both goals.

Join the Bishops and take action.

 


GUN VIOLENCE PREVENTION


IHM Monthly Mobilization to Prevent Gun Violence: Ratify the Arms Trade Treaty

In a speech to the National Rifle Association last week, President Trump announced his intent to withdraw the United States from the international Arms Trade Treaty (ATT). The ATT is designed to help regulate the international sale and transfer of weapons and partially restrict the sale of weapons to countries that violate human rights. The U.S. signed the ATT in 2013, but the Senate did not ratify it. Irresponsible arms transfer and illicit arms flows fuel brutal conflicts around the world in countries such as Yemen and Syria. They also contribute to armed violence, organized crime and terrorism in countries such as Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala. This action sends a signal to the rest of the world that the U.S. is no longer at the forefront of protecting human rights and reducing human suffering. Click here to read more.

The U.S. Senate can push back against this action by ratifying the ATT. Click here to send a message urging senators to do so.

Once you have acted, please email jpso@ihmsisters.org or call 734-240-9691 and let us know so that we can tally this month’s efforts. Remember, our goal is to get 90 responses in honor of the more than 90 people who are killed each day by gun violence in the U.S. Please share this announcement with your family and friends and invite them to join you in action.

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The Brady Campaign

The Brady Campaign is America’s oldest and boldest gun violence prevention group, Brady’s history of success goes back decades. The Brady Campaign offers these facts that will make you want to ACT!

The Brady Plan is a comprehensive approach to ending gun violence. Gun violence is at epidemic proportions in our country. We can make changes and we can have sensible gun control laws enacted. Find out more.



CLIMATE CHANGE

There is strong scientific evidence that climate change is caused by human action and will very likely have catastrophic consequences if not tackled urgently (with the poor suffering the most). The world needs a fair, ambitious and legally binding global agreement in the COP21 summit at Paris to keep the global temperature increase below 1.5 degree Celsius (relative to pre-industrial levels). Across the world, people are joining together to respond to the urgency of this crisis.


Global Catholic Climate Movement

Global Catholic Climate Movement is an organization that works within worldwide the Catholic Community to better care for Earth, our home. Laudato Si’, Pope’s Francis’s encyclical on climate change and ecology is the document that guides all that we do.

Pope Francis invites all to come together and take action. Join people all over the world to pray for creation, live simply and advocate for our common home.

Join a work group and work with others to develop and execute plans to put the vision of Laudato Si’ into practice. Read more.

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Project Drawdown

Project Drawdown gathers and facilitates a broad coalition of researchers, scientists, graduate students, PhDs, post-docs, policy makers, business leaders and activists to assemble and present the best available information on climate solutions in order to describe their beneficial financial, social and environmental impact over the next thirty years.

Project Drawdown was founded by author, entrepreneur, and environmentalist Paul Hawken in 2014 to map, measure, and model the most substantive solutions to stop global warming, and to communicate those findings to the world. Click here to see 100 solutions to reduce global warming.

Learn about events happening around the world over the next months that focus on issues of climate change and global warming.

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Citizens Climate Lobby

Citizens Climate Lobby is a non-profit, nonpartisan, grassroots advocacy organization focused on national policies to address climate change. By building upon shared values rather than partisan divides, and empowering our supporters to work in keeping with the concerns of their local communities, CCL work towards the adoption of fair, effective, and sustainable climate change solutions.

Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act (H.R. 73) is the bipartisan solution that CCL volunteers have been asking their members of Congress to work together to solve climate change. Read more.

 

Citizens Climate Lobby Meetings - Adrian, Michigan Chapter

Due to a technical error, the recording of the April 2019 CCL Meeting is not available. Future meetings will be live streamed and recordings will be posted here on the Action Alert page.

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The Climate Change Index is a resource for "fast facts" about climate change, its causes and impact, and climate solutions. The facts are aggregated from publicly available sources such as news articles and government websites. Click here to access this excellent resource.




HUMAN TRAFFICKING

Human Trafficking is the trade of humans for the purpose of forced labor, sexual slavery, or commercial sexual exploitation for the trafficker or others. This may encompass providing a spouse in the context of forced marriage, or the extraction of organs or tissues, including for surrogacy and ova removal.

Human trafficking Hollywood-style looks a lot like kidnapping. The reality is much more complicated. Learn the myths and facts about human trafficking.

What may look like labor exploitation or sex trafficking may not be. Does the activity involve use of force, fraud or coercion. Learn more.

Read the Stop Human Trafficking Newsletter.

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Violence Against Women Act

Violence Against Women Act, although a separate issue from human trafficking is related. The Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) ran out of authorization Oct. 1, 2018, although funding for its many critical programs continues. However, VAWA’s future is precarious, subject to the whims of government shutdowns and continuing resolutions. The programs, services and lives of survivors across the country are in limbo. VAWA 2019 needs to be passed immediately, guaranteeing five more years of help and hope for survivors of sexual, domestic and dating violence and stalking.

Now that H.R.1585 has passed in the House, it is absolutely crucial that every single Senator works to reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act IMMEDIATELY. These additions include gun safety measures to decrease firearm-related domestic homicides, protecting families living in federal housing from evictions when abusers act violently, and addressing the reality that Native women and children endure domestic and sexual violence at rates higher than the national average by providing legal avenues for holding non-Native abusers and predators accountable.

Please call your Senators at 202-224-3121 and urge them to support the reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act.

Suggested message: The Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2019 (VAWA) is an important piece of legislation that provides tens of thousands of survivors of domestic and sexual violence and their families with critical resources. It is imperative that you reauthorize VAWA with all proposed improvements and with NO amendments that would exclude certain groups of providers and survivors as they seek justice, healing and safety. Survivors’ lives depend on VAWA.



100 DAYS OF PRAYER

 

The fifth 100 Days of Prayer series will run from May 12 - August 19, 2019. 

View the May 12-18, 2019, PDF

100 Days of Prayer is designed by the Sister of St. Joseph of Orange.